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A warm welcome to didi rugby

We are a group of passionate and dedicated people determined to get children active and teach them key life skills while they are having fun and gaining confidence in a safe environment.

Our 40-minute classes run in three age groups from 18 months up to six years of age and we build links with local clubs to encourage our didi kids' rugby experience to continue when they turn seven.

Parents and carers are a big part of what we do and we encourage their involvement during class sessions at the right time. We are not strict. We want didi kids to be happy and comfortable.

We firmly believe that encouraging children to get active at a young age will not only help them stay healthy but will increase their confidence and self-esteem as well as help interaction and engagement with other children.

didi rugby is a great stepping stone into team sports further down the line because we teach the values of respect, sharing and team spirit.

The business was conceived by former England Women's Rugby international, Vicky Macqueen, herself a mother of two young children. When she contracted a potentially life-threatening infection in 2013, doctors told her that her strong health and fitness levels saved her.

Since then, didi rugby has been a personal crusade to spread the benefits of health, fitness and activity to as many children and parents as she can.

Vicky's drive has helped attract numerous high-profile people from the sport of rugby and beyond to become didi ambassadors with the likes of Womens' World Cup winners Emily Scarratt and Katy Daley-Maclean, along with coaches from the men's game like Graham Rowntree and Geordan Murphy getting involved.

didi rugby is a franchise business which treats our teams up and down the country as one big family sharing training, ideas and best practice.

All of our classes offer free taster classes so parents and carers can see if their child enjoys what we have to offer.

We are very proud of the word-of-mouth recommendations we receive and here are just a few of the kind comments that have been sent our way by parents.

"It's a good form of exercise for them and incorporates a lot of games - that is why they enjoy it so much."

"It's not strict and they know they are always coming to have fun."

"It's not always about the game of rugby, it's about learning how to be with other children and that is really good for them."

"Their confidence has really grown. Not just in terms of their sporting abilities but for them as little people and how they interact with others."


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VIDEO: Charlotte Pearce is a didi rugby ambassador on a mission
‚ÄčEngland star Charlotte Pearce is hoping to instil confidence and self-esteem in young people from an early age.
The flying back, who plays for Loughborough Lightning in the Tyrrells Women’s Premier XVs League is a didi rugby ambassador on a mission.

The secondary school teacher has seen plenty of children with low self-esteem in her job and believes that the sooner young people can feel confident in themselves, the better.
“I decided to be a didi rugby ambassador because, now I am playing at internationals level, I want to be a role model to younger children,” said Charlotte.
“I thought it would be really fun to be involved and give something back to the community.
“I am really happy to work with younger kids. That’s my calling in life really and probably why I am a teacher.

Confidence in children is key

“I think that having confidence in children is key. Self-esteem, particularly in teenagers, is quite low these days where I work.

“We need to do something about that. Getting them active at a young age and building them up in the right way will make a massive change to their physical and mental development.
“Some kids don’t have that and it can be hard to build that up inside them. So it is great to work at that from a young age and given them the sort of boost that they need.
“It’s great to work with Vicky Macqueen too. She is so passionate and excitable and that’s just what the kids at didi rugby need.”

Watch more: VIDEO - Teenage coach is loving life at didi classes

Read more: Huge demand leads to extra classes at launch of didi rugby Crewe and Nantwich

didi ambassador Charlotte Pearce
didi ambassador Charlotte Pearce

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